The Definitive Collection
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||Street Talk||Kathy Mattea||2:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Love At the Five & Dime||Kathy Mattea||3:37||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Walk the Way the Wind Blows||Kathy Mattea||3:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||You're the Power||Kathy Mattea||3:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Train of Memories||Kathy Mattea||2:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Goin' Gone||Kathy Mattea||4:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses||Kathy Mattea||3:19||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Untold Stories||Kathy Mattea||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Life As We Knew It||Kathy Mattea||3:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Come from the Heart||Kathy Mattea||3:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Burnin' Old Memories||Kathy Mattea||2:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Where've You Been||Kathy Mattea||3:43||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||She Came from Fort Worth||Kathy Mattea||3:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Battle Hymn of Love (featuring Tim O'Brien)||Kathy Mattea||2:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Time Passes By||Kathy Mattea||2:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lonesome Standard Time||Kathy Mattea||2:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Standing Knee Deep In a River (Dying of Thirst)||Kathy Mattea||4:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Walking Away a Winner||Kathy Mattea||3:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||455 Rocket||Kathy Mattea||4:07||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Mary, Did You Know?||Kathy Mattea||3:12||$1.29||View in iTunes|
The Kathy Mattea entry in Universal Music's discount-priced hits series The Definitive Collection is the most extensive compilation on the country singer yet released, and it contains almost all of her major hits from the six-year period, 1986-1991, when she was one of the top hitmakers in country music. In addition, Robyn Flans' longer-than-usual liner notes benefit from a good interview with Mattea. When her most popular songs are played one after another, the listener is reminded anew of the surprisingly high quality of songwriting Mattea was able to identify within the Nashville publishing houses and the diversity of musical settings in which she placed them, not to mention the clarity and conviction with which she sang. In some cases, of course, she didn't have to look far to find material: the heartbreaking ballad "Where've You Been," a Grammy Award winner for Best Country Song, was co-written by her husband, Jon Vezner, with Don Henry. The only thing that mars this album is the omission of the Top Ten hit "A Few Good Things Remain," which cannot be an oversight. It is included on Mattea's previous compilation, A Collection of Hits, which was still in print when The Definitive Collection was released, and it is the only one of that album's ten songs not to be repeated on the later set. This is typically cynical record company marketing practice, deliberately leaving one hit off a hits collection to force fans to buy another disc. It is especially irritating when the album in question is given a title like The Definitive Collection, and it flies in the face of the tone of Flans' liner notes, which begin with the sentence, "Integrity is the first word that comes to mind when surveying the musical catalog of Kathy Mattea." If only that were also true when surveying the track list of this album.
The Definitive Collection
Kathy is the real thing! None of the false flash of the Shanias and Faiths who need help in the recording studio. She stands up there beside Reba and Trisha as women who can simply sing and sing with true heart! This collection is outstanding and contains the classic "Standing Knee Deep". What a beauty!
455 Rocket, is such a great song. This song makes you want to move, this is my favorite of Kathy's. It should have done better than it did. The song is just rockin'!!
Only great single missing is 'A Few Good Things Remain'
This is a fantastic collection esspecially for her fans! Some of the greatest songs of her career.
Born: June 21, 1959 in Cross Lane, WV
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s